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To celebrate World Oceans Day on June 8th, Love Home Swap has partnered with marine conservation charity Sea-Changers to raise awareness of the impact of plastic in the ocean. And now we're asking our fantastic home swapping community and other holidaymakers to support this cause as they look forward to enjoying beach and coastal breaks this summer.

Anyone that’s watched David Attenborough will know that hermit crabs are home swappers! Regularly exchanging their seashell homes with other crabs as they outgrow them, they appreciate the value of trying out a new home. But sadly, due to human-created plastic waste on beaches, hundreds of thousands of hermit crabs are mistakenly – and fatally – swapping their shell condos for discarded plastic containers*.

 

To celebrate World Oceans Day (June 8th) we’ve partnered with the ocean conservation charity Sea-Changers to create home swaps for hermit crabs!  With a focus on raising awareness of the impact of ocean plastics and encouraging holidaymakers to keep beaches clean, we are listing crustacean cribs on our platform, and we’re asking our members to support this vital cause.

 

So, while perusing the 18,000 human homes that are available for exchange, Love Home Swap users may also encounter several hermit crab ‘houses’. Not only does each hermit crab’s profile highlight the importance of reducing pollution and the danger that littering has on the environment, but there is also the option to donate to Sea-Changers via a JustGiving donation page

In addition, Love Home Swap is donating $2,000 to Sea-Changers to aid our vision of creating a world in which the seas and shores are healthy, and marine species are protected for generations to come.

 

Célia Pronto, Managing Director of Love Home Swap says: “We are so excited at the prospect of being able to travel again, both domestically and in some cases internationally. However, when we finally get to the beach, it’s so important to remember to keep these environments clean and safe for the local wildlife including the home swapping hermit crab! We are so pleased to be able to support Sea-Changers with their ongoing cause to inspire people to contribute positively to sustaining the oceans, and we hope that our newest hermit crab members put a smile on people’s faces when they are searching for their next home-swapping adventure.”

 

Rachel Lopata, Co-Founder of Sea-Changers adds: “When Love Home Swap came to us with the idea of home swaps for hermit crabs to highlight the issue of ocean pollution, we just loved it! It’s a great way to raise awareness while raising money for the UK projects we’re supporting relating to tackling pollution and other marine conservation challenges. Love Home Swap’s generous donation is fantastic, and we hope lots of home swappers will join them in supporting our work.”

 

If you'd like to find out more about Sea-Changers, you can visit their website here. 

If you'd like to support the work of Sea-Changers, you can donate via our Just Giving page.

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